(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal | Near-Future Fictions

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LIBRARY London (Main Room)

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Virtual Futures presents Near-Future Fictions Vol. 04 on the theme of '(Dis)ease of the i-Mortal.'

Born of earth or brought back from far away, biological or viral invasions or diseases can affect humans on any scale; from protecting or plaguing an individual to becoming an epidemic that affects us all. Our authors take on a topic that Literature has meditated on from its inception; from Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, to Mary Shelley’s The Last Man, to Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, to Camus’s The Plague, to King’s The Stand.

They will show us the good, the bad, but not the bland; and predict the future of infection and infestation in any of its various forms. What is the nature of the diseases, contagions or contaminations have in store?

Join us for an evening that incorporates original reading, performance and live art as Virtual Futures continues its mission to to reassert the significance of science fiction as a tool for navigating the increasing technologization of society and culture.

Special Presentation by Geoff Ryman, Science Fiction Author

Geoff is a multi-award winning author of science fiction and non-fiction, including the Arthur C Clarke Award twice and the Philip K Dick Memorial Award. He is the author of the series in Strange Horizons, “100 African Writers of SFF” which won the 2017 British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Non-Fiction.

Authors & Contributors

  • Allen Ashley: “Do Not Exceed Stated Dose”
  • Antoine Saint Honore: “Cholesterol 5.9 BigFLY”
  • C. R. Dudley: “Toxic Duck Inc”
  • David Turnbull: “The War that Ended Yesterday”
  • Ian Steadman: “Transmissions from the Vitality Pod”
  • Jessica Laine: “L-One-LY Virus”
  • Mark Huntley-James: “Fat of the Land”
  • Stephen Oram: “The Queen’s Heart”

Curators

Allen Ashley is a British Fantasy Award winner. He is the author or editor of fourteen published books, the most recent being the updated version of his novel “The Planet Suite” (Eibonvale Press, 2016). He works as a critical reader and creative writing tutor. He runs Clockhouse London Writers.

Stephen Oram writes science fiction. He’s been a hippie-punk, religious-squatter and a bureaucrat-anarchist; he thrives on contradictions. He has two published novels, Quantum Confessions and Fluence and is in several anthologies. His recent collection, Eating Robots and Other Stories, was described by the Morning Star as one of the top radical works of fiction in 2017.

Schedule

18:30pm - 19:00pm: Registration & Drinks
19:00pm - 19:20pm: Special Presentation by Geoff Ryman
19:20pm - 19:45pm: Science Fiction Readings
19:45pm - 20:00pm: Break
20:00pm - 20:10pm: Reading by Geoff Ryman
20:10pm - 20:30pm: Science Fiction Readings
20:30pm - Close: Drinks & Networking

About the Venue

The LIBRARY London is a members' club tailored to the design, literary and theatre worlds. Find out more: http://LIB-RARY.com

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Virtual Futures (Est.1994) is a Community Interest Company (CIC). Ticket sales help to cover costs of the event including filming and documentation.

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112 St. Martin's Lane

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WC2N 4BD

United Kingdom

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